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The Kitchen Clinic Celebrates 25 Years

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The Kitchen Clinic is celebrating its 25th birthday Friday. KSMU's Chasity Mayes reports.

The medical clinic is Springfield’s only free clinic and offers healthcare and medicine to uninsured patients whose income is below the federal poverty line. In the last 25 years many people have benefited from the services provided by the clinic including Deborah Hill who has been coming to The Kitchen for years.

“I think it’s a great place. They do a lot for people,” says Hill.

The clinic began in 1985 when a volunteer nurse and doctor began offering services once a month out of a borrowed van. Today, a full time clinic operates with the help of hundreds of dedicated volunteers.

Hill says The Kitchen has helped her face numerous medical conditions.

“I have several things wrong with me and they’re dealing with each issue. And not only that, I mean they don’t charge you and that’s a big deal, because right now with the way the economy is you have to have help, you know,” says Hill.

Hill also added that the clinic lets people pick fresh vegetables from what they call “God’s Garden.” She says having access to the garden can really make a difference.

The Kitchen Clinic will celebrate its 25th birthday Friday from 3:00 until 6:00 pm with an open house. State Senator Norma Champion and Representative Sara Lampe will read proclamations honoring The Kitchen Clinic for its 25 years of service at 5:30.

The public is invited to join in the celebration.

Last year The Kitchen provided over 9,000 visits and more than 57,000 medications to area patients in need.

For KSMU News, I'm Chasity Mayes.